LIFE AND CHARACTERISTICS <ul><li>His real name was Doménikos Theotokóupolos. </li></ul><ul><li>El Greco (The Greek) was a nickname, a reference to his Greek origin. </li></ul><ul><li>He was an important architect, painter and sculptor. </li></ul><ul><li>He was born in Crete in 1541. At 26 years old he travelled to Venice, and in 1570 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop. </li></ul><ul><li>Seven years later, he moved to Toledo, in Spain, where he lived and work until his death. In Toledo he produced his most famous paintings. </li></ul><ul><li>He wanted to work with the King Philip the 2nd, but he couldn’t reach his dream. The King didn´t like his style. </li></ul><ul><li>He gave much importance to the colours and liked to elongate the figures. His style was really original. </li></ul><ul><li>He died in 1614 </li></ul>
<ul><li>It represents the moment before he Crucifixion. </li></ul><ul><li>Christ looks up to Heaven with an expression of serenity. There are a lot of people surrounding him. </li></ul><ul><li>His red robe symbolizes the sacrifice he’s going to do to save the Humanity. </li></ul>The Expolio, Cathedral of Toledo
<ul><li>It represents a legend of the beginning of the 14th century: the count of Orgaz was a very generous man, and because of that, when he died, Saint Stephen (Esteban) and Saint Agustine (Agustín) descended in person from the heavens and buried him by their own hands. </li></ul>The burial of the Count of Orgaz
The burial of the Count of Orgaz Upper zone Heaven (Paradise) with Christ, the Virgin, Saint Joan and other saints. Lower zone The burial of the Count with Saint Stephen, Saint Agustine and the people present at the ceremony. The painting is divided into two zones:
Two monks Count of Orgaz Saint Stephen Saint Agustine El Greco’s son Self-portrait
Christ, the Virgin, Saint Joan and the angel form an oval Saint Peter The angel holds in his hands the soul of the Count to take it to the Paradise.